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Welcome!

This month it seems to be all about money. Some have it to give away, some to spend and some have none at all. Yes, it is all in this issue. Who have lots to spend? Developers of course, and they want to get their hands on our green belt. We say, hands off! Heathrow Community Fund has money to give away. If you are a small community group, or a local conservation group then you may be interested to read about what is on offer. And what about this council tax rise that didn’t happen in earnest? Our county council still has no money though, so watch out for cuts coming our way in one form or another. One piece of good news is that people power has again prevailed and the Staines fire station will remain open until the new Fordbridge site is developed and fit for purpose. We received a very kind email from a fire fighter

March 2017 who said the coverage we have given the fight definitely made a difference. But hey, Spring is round the corner. We get more light this month and the bulbs are truly coming up so stay positive and keep the stories coming.

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Contents

Historic Kempton Park 4 Is the Sun Setting over Green Belt? 6 The Origin of Mother’s Day 8 Kempton Steam Fires Up 10 Sunbury Health Centre 13 Something Has to Give! 17 Sunbury Cricket Club Welcomes You 14 Money Up For Grabs! 19 Sunbury’s Own Willy Wonka 21 We Talk Money With Surrey 27 Recipe of the Month 31 Why We Turn the Clocks Back 37 Sunbury of Old 39 Just How Big is Eco Park 41 Jazz at Sunbury Cricket Club 43 LOSRA Says 44 Gardening Matters 49 What’s On/Noticeboard 51/53 Ad Index/Prices/Deadlines 54

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Historic Kempton Park By Nick Pollard

With all the current controversy about the future of Kempton Park Racecourse, I thought it would be a good time to look back over the history of the site. It may come as a surprise to hear that it was once the site of a royal palace, long before its nearby neighbour at Hampton Court. In 1086 the manor of Kempton was recorded in Domesday Book as belonging to the William the Conqueror’s half-brother, Robert Earl of Mortain, although as one of many estates he probably never lived there. After Robert’s son William rebelled against Henry I in 1104, the manor was forfeited to the Crown. It was let to various tenants for services rendered over the years, until in 1223 Henry III took it

Conjectural reconstruction of medieval hunting lodge

into Crown ownership again. It was no doubt a convenient stopping point between Westminster and Windsor, and a base for hunting deer. After the death of Henry, Edward I used Kempton occasionally, and restocked the park with deer, but thereafter the Manor was again leased out to various Crown retainers. Henry VIII incorporated Kempton into his large ‘Honour of Hampton Court’ estate in 1509. In the time of Queen Elizabeth I it was leased to the Killigrews, a well-known Cornish family, and in 1640 a family connection led to Carew Raleigh, son of Sir Walter, living there. By 1665 it was in the possession of Francis Phelips, who was also Lord of the Manor of Sunbury. He was buried in the old church at Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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The Victorian house built by Thomas Barnett

Sunbury, and his memorial may still be seen inside the present church. A 1692 plan of the estate shows a three storey house with a central tower, topped by a cupola. Grand avenues of trees radiated out from the house. The Musgrave family lived at the house in the latter half of the 18th century, but by the early 19th century it had been rebuilt in the fashionable Gothic revival style of nearby Strawberry Hill House, for John Fish. This house was demolished for its materials after Fish’s death in 1815, but a suite of elaborate furniture from it is preserved at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. In 1864 it was acquired by Thomas Barnett and Peregrine Birch, who in a foretaste of today planned to build houses on part of the estate, but in the event only a few were built along the Hampton Road. In 1876 Samuel Hyde leased the estate for his new racecourse. The first meeting was held at the new racecourse on July 18th, 1878, and for over a century it has been one of the country’s premier courses. What a shame it would be for all this history and open land to disappear. To learn more about the history of Kempton Park, see ‘The Royal Manor of Kempton’, published by Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society. The next Society talk is ‘The Restoration of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens’ by Sue Rhodes of Kew, at 8pm on Tues 21st March at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton. www.villagematters.co.uk

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Is the Sun Setting on Green Belt? By Monica Chard, Editor

Last month we lamented the building explosion on our door step and the pressure on resources. As we wait to see the ‘local plan’ which will show the green spaces where development is deemed appropriate, we are aware of several sites identified in Sunbury: Kempton Park of course we know. In addition the scrubland at the end of School Walk, Stratton Road fields and the Vicarage Farm field between Loudwater Road and Tadmor is a done deal. I like to think that the word of the leader of the council Ian Harvey (“over my dead body”) would count for something. Also that the protests from the racing fraternity, amongst them Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (friend to the Queen and legendary horse owner) would carry some weight. The Daily Mail reported the impact of the announcement of the sale of Kempton by the Jockey Club as “open warfare” in the racing community. Close. A glossy brochure had been produced for the latter (photo of the field in all it’s glory above), talking of 125 houses and access onto both Halliford Road and the very busy Fordbridge Road. The traffic is bad enough as it is! Neighbours bordering the field were interested in buying the plot to protect the green space and prevent development . The landowner was agreeable until he had other approaches after the ‘call for sites’. Soon after that the glossy brochure from Croudace Homes appeared He had shaken hands on a deal (perhaps to keep the neighbours happy) but had subsequently reneged on it. Said field has acted as part of the green space which naturally marks the boundary between Sunbury and Shepperton. It has also been farmed since year ‘dot’ (see photo on next column) The site is an example of the blurred lines of when is green belt not green belt. We remain on tenterhooks about Kempton Park too. Several people have told me that it Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Kempton Park’s open space or 3000 homes?

Yes, we understand the need to identify sites for new homes, but can we start with looking at brownfield sites and empty homes perhaps. It seems crazy the Chubb building is still devoid of tenants and the that Crest Nicholson can’t sell its’ large 5 bed houses so are applying to build more flats instead. Err, wasn’t that initial plan for higher density habitation turned down?! (Sign up at ww.keepkemptongreen.com) www.villagematters.co.uk


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The Origin of Mother’s Day The origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The earliest history of Mother’s Day dates to the ancient annual Spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a Spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England, the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. The more recent history of Mother’s Day dates to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 -day period leading up to Easter) to honour mothers. After a prayer service in church to honour Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Every year, people point out that the mid Sunday in Lent is not “Mother’s Day” but “Mothering Sunday”. Many blame America for introducing the former and making it commercial. In America, of course, Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, as proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. It is marked on that day because it was the result of a campaign by Anna Jarvis (1864-1948), whose Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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own mother had died on May 9. This is where the British tradition grows a little complicated. For the revival of Mothering Sunday must be attributed to Constance Smith (1878-1938), and she was inspired in 1913 by reading a newspaper report of Anna Jarvis’s campaign in America. Neither Constance Smith nor Anna Jarvis ever became mothers themselves. Anna Jarvis regretted the growing commercialisation of the day, even to disapproving of pre-printed Mother’s Day cards. “A printed card means nothing,” she said, “except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Today the festival of Mother’s Day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honour their mothers, thanking them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support. Sources: Various/Christopher Howse

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Have You Seen The Big Engines Yet? Kempton Steam Museum reopens on 1819 March for its first steaming weekend with a fascinating exhibition of artifacts and collectables amassed over the years by the museum’s volunteers. Plus an added attraction, on Sunday only, will be a display by the Spring Grove and Kingston Morris Dancers making a popular return to Kempton. The April steaming on 22 -23 features the museum’s annual model railway weekend, a must for every train spotter, young and old. Stationary engines take centre stage for the 20-21 May weekend and why not celebrate Father’s Day on 17-18 June? Enjoy a ride on the narrow-gauge railway, tuck into some delicious homemade cakes and see the magnificent Triple – the world’s largest working steam engine of its kind – in action! For information, call 01568 720571 or visit www.kemptonsteam.org. nd

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Sunbury Health Centre - It’s All Under Control By Monica Chard, Editor In last month’s Sunbury could in fact have been handled by Matters we wrote about the another colleague at the centre. As a strain on resources as the local result of better planning, referral population continues to grow letters are being turned around more and our village expands. Well, quickly and patients monitored one of those resources put unmore efficiently for chronic condider a lot of pressure deserves a tions. big pat on the back for providThanks to investments in technoloing a great service - Sunbury gy and working practices, the apHealth Centre. pointment system has recently been Gone are the queues at dawn overhauled. 50% of GP appointand instead a new dawn has ments and most nurse appointments been ushered in. Business are now available to be pre-booked Manager Richard Fryer arrived (up to 6 weeks in advance) and 50% a couple of years ago and workof GP appointments are available ing closely with the GP Parton the day itself. Appointments are ners, Practice staff and the released on the day in batches, but Patient Participation Group you can book online or on the autoRichard Fryer outside Sunbury (PPG), set about making mated telephone system from 6am. Health Centre positive changes. A CQC The emergency duty doctor will inspection had rated the Health also provide a service for those Centre as ‘requires improvement’ on a number of seriously ill, as needed. issues but only 6 months later rated it as ’Good’ on The automated phone service has also been imevery aspect. Some things take longer than others, proved and new IT has been introduced within the and there is still much to do, but you will have entire practice. Facilities such as a text reminder of noticed changes for sure: appointments have cut ‘no shows’ significantly The waiting room has been given a makeover, with meaning a much better service. a bright new feel and walls bedecked with local art The annual Flu clinics attracted 3000 patients but and photography organised by the PPG. Space has ran very efficiently, with the added bonus of raisbeen better utilised and as a result an additional ing charity funds through a cake stall organised by consulting room has been created adding 10% the administrative staff and the PPG. more capacity. It is not just about maintaining a good routine serMore staff have been recruited for reception and vice but also identifying and providing new ones. It the desk itself is now ‘open’ at lunchtimes. It was is hoped that minor surgery may soon be offered at never in fact closed, but as the shutter was down it the health centre which would be a boon for many. might have seemed that way. The message is now The health centre is keen to engage with the local “we are here to help”. Staff are on hand at recepcommunity to listen to concerns and ideas. The tion and on the telephone lines from 8am now, half PPG Core Group and Health Centre staff meets an hour earlier than previously. every 6 weeks and working closely together to Staffing has been made more efficient generally. drive changes and developments forThere is a long term group of dedicated doctors ward. There is a PPG Open Meeting held three and some excellent nurses & health care assistants, times a year which regularly attracts 80-100 some of which are now training to be nurse practipatients. With Spelthorne and Surrey Councillors, tioners and prescribers. LOSRA and the MP for Spelthorne Kwasi KwartWith 400-500 patient contacts per day and 6-7 eng all adding their considerable practical support, doctors on duty each day, it is important to direct this really is a health centre for the community. patients’ needs as efficiently as possible. This is In a practice with 18,500 patients, designed to deal why you may well be asked some questions by the with only 6000, you have to admire the tenacity receptionist. They are not prying, they are trying to and professionalism with which staff handle the get you seen quickly by the best person available. pressure. It is estimated that 25% of doctor appointments To advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

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Sunbury Cricket Club

At the Heart of the Lower Sunbury Community Sunbury CC is a vibrant and unique part of the Lower Sunbury community. History The Club’s pre-war origins were on the Cedars Recreation Ground in Green Street, followed by a move in 1947 to become a tenant of London Irish Rugby Club. The Club has been proudly located on its own attractive ground between Harfield Road and Kenton Avenue which it acquired in 1957. The Club has steadily increased in size and strength being a founder member of the Surrey Championship in the 1960s and adding a fully fledged colts section in the 1970s which now caters for boys and girls aged from 5 – 17. Seniors and colts can play both friendly and competitive cricket, The emphasis on the youngest colts’ cricket is of playing for fun. All colts’ parents become family members enjoying all the social benefits of the Club. The Cricket

attractive fixture list. Many colts’ fathers find themselves being drawn back into the game they once played, inevitably perhaps at a lower standard befitting their age! The Club fields four XIs on Saturdays and three, sometimes four, XIs on Sundays. There are also some mid-week fixtures. The lower XIs provide a competitive yet sociable standard of cricket with older players providing leadership to the younger players making their way up the XIs. The oldest players are in their mid to late 60s! Colts Mothers and Sisters Girl’s, and potentially Women’s, cricket is a growing force in at the Club which will be hosting a day of fun cricket this summer for girls and women, including colts’ mothers and sisters, and potentially from women’s teams in the locality playing winter sports. Social Activities The Club hosts regular music, quiz and skittles nights. Its community presence is strengthened by a large hall which can accommodate up to 150 people. This is supported by a well stocked bar and is available with or without catering for parties, receptions and other forms of entertainment at competitive rates. How to find us We are on the Lower Hampton Road on the left hand side between Harfield Road and Kenton Avenue. There is plenty of parking.

For those who take their cricket more seriously the colts section has produced a string of county players over the past 20 years including Richard Johnson of Middlesex, Somerset and England. Current county players are Toby Roland-Jones of Middlesex and England Lions, Stuart Poynter of Durham and Ireland and Amar Virdi of Surrey and England Under 19s. Rhianna Southby the Club’s U15 wicket keeper for 2016 was selected last Justyear fill for in the thisfull form and present it to staff when you visit. Surrey Women side and for theWe England Academy will keep in touch with offers and news from time to XI against Ireland A. She is also part of this wintime. ter’s England Women’s Development Programme Name……………………………………………………………………. – she is the youngest member of the squad. Email …………………………………………………….…. That Sunbury CC were winners of address the Surrey Championship in 2015and 2016 belies the fact that Valid until end January 2017 (excludes public holidays) it fields 7 or 8 XIs every weekend and thus welcomes players of all abilities to fulfil a varied and Please mention Sunbury Matters when responding to adverts

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Rotary Youth Speaks - Success for Sunbury Manor Following on from their outstanding success in the Spelthorne Competition of Youth Speaks, organised by the Shepperton Aurora Rotary Club, the Senior Team from Sunbury Manor School took part in the semi-final of the Rotary District 1145 competition. This took place at the beginning of February at Ruxley Church Hall in Ewell and once again the Sunbury Manor Team of Megan Bill, Jack Greaves and Holly Hunter swept the board, not only were they the Best Team, they also won best Chairperson, best Speaker and best Giver of Vote of Thanks with their speech on “Democracy” They will now compete in the Finals of the District 1145 competition on March 18th at St Teresa’s School, Effingham.. We wish them the very best of luck!

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Money up for Grabs! By Monica Chard, Editor

There, I thought that might get your attention! It is true, there is money there for the asking if you run community projects of various sorts. Read on! The Heathrow Community Fund celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in 2016. Every year it has £750,000 in its gift to support local initiatives. Grants are not insignificant with awards being made of amounts from £100s to as much as £25,000! There are three categories: Communities Together  Communities for Youth  Communities for Tomorrow 

Heathrow Community Fund is part of the independently run grant-making charity which receives funding from Heathrow Airport Limited, noise fines and other funders, as well as funding from Heathrow staff via their fundraising activities. The grant programme support significant and positive change for communities near the airport. But, here’s the thing Spelthorne - there are not many applications received from this borough, and in 2016 there were in fact NO applications for the Community Tomorrow fund. So let’s see if we can change that and help to improve our borough. Communities Together has awar ded gr ants for a “Sow and Grow” initiative at primary schools to help children understand the joys of horticulture. They have funded dance classes, a singing lunch club to help improve mental health and well being, modernised community facilities and funded street carnivals. Closer to home the fund has supported the Friends of Bishop Wand’s Table Tennis project, the SATRO mobile classroom at Sunbury Manor and printing T shirts for Surrey Choices. Staines Scouts received £1000 last year to help expand their facilities used in association with Manor Mead School. The fund has also provided solar power for facilities at the HampTo advertise call Monica on 07979 808991

ton and Kempton Railway to the tune of £2500. Projects are very diverse. Communities for Youth has amongst other s funded a programme for Surrey Care Trust, supporting and mentoring disengaged youngsters, young parents, ex-offenders, low skilled and unemployed to help them raise their prospects and aspirations. The Community Tomorrow fund helps with the upkeep of green areas for example so if you are a part of a small volunteering group this might be just what you need. The fund has also awarded grants for renewable energy in village and church halls. Successful applicants are those who can demonstrate that the grant will be for the greater community good. Communities for Tomorrow has awarded some significant grants but as I mentioned, none within Spelthorne. As an example the London Wildlife Project was given £25,000 for a project to enable local communities to help regenerate green spaces in the Crane Valley. The award provided training in river enhancement work for volunteers. If you think you may have an eligible project then have an initial look at the website: www.heathrowcommunityfund.com. Or you can email for advice: communities_fund@healthrow.com . The fund is also very happy to discuss your needs and advise you on the best way to apply. You can call them on 01895 839 916. Grants are awarded 4 times a year and the next round closes on 26th April 2017. This sounds like a great opportunity for so many local projects who struggle to make ends meet in the borough. The Heathrow Community Fund may be able to help further projects which will enhance our well being and neighbourhoods. What’s not to like about that!

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Sunbury’s Own Willy Wonka! By Monica Chard, Editor I recently went to chocolate heaven. More precisely to the Riverside Arts Centre studio where I spend an afternoon learning about chocolate before sampling rather a lot of it, and making my own bars to take home. Wonderful! Ben Hook moved to Sunbury a couple of years ago and decided last year to take a sabbatical from his role in Research and Development in the chocolate industry, to look after his two little girls and to follow his dream of becoming a chocolatier himself. He has set up CocoaCraft which offers classes in the art of chocolate making to individuals, parties, corporate groups and even schools. (Lucky pupils at Hawkedale declared their chocolate workshop with Ben the “best day ever”). Ben starts his workshop with an overview of where chocolate comes from. The answer is...it really does grow on trees! Ben is seen here holding a cocoa pod. Once harvested it is opened and the beans extracted from their pulp, then left to ferment and finally sun dried. Cocoa cultivation is still mainly undertaken by small farming operations, many of them in pretty inaccessible places in the tropics of Africa, Asia and South America. Getting fertiliser in, and the finished product out can be quite a challenge!

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original Mayans first made into a cocoa drink. Chocolate arrived in Europe with the Conquistadors in the 16th C. It remained a drink into the 18th/19th century when Chocolate Houses were popular and trendy for the elite in Paris and London. It was not until manufacturing methods were refined about 100 years ago that chocolate was made into slabs and changed consumption. But enough history, how about making chocolate! The ingredients really are very simple; cocoa, sugar and cocoa butter all melted to the right temperature. If you want milk chocolate (or less dark) then add milk powder and add flavourings or inclusions as you wish. Simple! Ben demonstrated, then it was our turn. The silver utensil in the photo below is a conch which I had not come across. It is like a mechanised pestle and mortar and it ensures all the ingredients become a smooth mass. While we left our conches churning Ben prepared some chocolate cocktails, both alcoholic and non alcoholic. I tasted one of each and the group agreed that they were all equally delicious although Ben’s White Chocolate and Raspberry milk was a unanimous hit. Once the chocolate had conched enough we had to temper the mix to bring it to the right temperature and ensure it was smooth. Therein started the mess! Mr C and I were covered in chocolate during this process which was rather delicious indeed! We then got even more messy when putting the chocolate into forms to make our blocks. Mr C had it on his arms, hands and face which was highly entertaining. We ended up with about 500grams of chocolate per person, beautifully wrapped in CocoaCraft packaging, with our own blend of chocolate written on the packages. It was an excellent afternoon and we hope to see a lot more of CocoaCraft as the business develops. If you are interested in a class Ben can be contacted by email: info@cocoacraft.co.uk or call 07984 422925.

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The term Living Will is commonly used to refer to a document which expresses how you want to be treated or cared for in certain situations when you may not have the capacity to communicate your decisions. It gives your family, doctors and caregivers confidence that they are following your wishes at an emotionally fraught time.

to communicate about types of treatment that you don’t want to undertake and give more general statements about how you want to be cared for in accordance with your beliefs and values. You can find lots of advice via charities and legal organisations about how you may want to record these thoughts. If you wish to include an advance decision about not undertaking life sustaining treatments however, for it to be valid, you must follow very specific instructions set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This states what you must cover in the document and says that your wishes must be dated, signed and witnessed. Whilst legally doctors and solicitors do not need to be involved, it is wise to discuss options with medical professionals to ensure you fully understand all the consequences. They may also be able to help you phrase things more clearly.

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We are a community centred, friendly and warm practice with many long- standing clients. Our full time veterinary surgeons have been with us for many years and have a wealth of experience. In most cases you will be able to see the same vet at each visit to ensure continuity of care. We are a small independent business, not a corporation, and really like to get to know our clients and their pets

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We Talk Money With Surrey Surrey County Council talks money No sooner had I drafted an article on the imminent rise in Council Tax and the referendum we were promised on it, than the threat of the 15% rise was lifted. Strange times! Surrey County Council faces losing another £93m funding. I am told the now agreed rise of 4.99% will only raise £30m which is not even the bare minimum needed to cover costs in 2017/18. So what of this U-turn? It seems the government was keen for the referendum NOT to go ahead. It has been suggested that Surrey County Council was testing the water when it decided a 15% rise was needed. What it has achieved in doing so is to raise the awareness of the vast pressure on Adult Social Care across the UK. There have been plenty of headlines about it since the issue of the council tax referendum was raised. So where does the money come from to fund the county’s needs? There are two sources; 1) Government funding to all councils, some getting a much bigger slice than others and 2) Council Tax. Even the business rates levied are not all going into the coffers of Surrey. In fact they only retain 7% and the rest returns to central government. The government is cutting contributions to all councils, and that leaves only the council tax to play with. The fact is that the population of our county is changing and the strain on resources has never been greater. The demand for social care is increasing by 6% a year and is set to increase as the population ages. By 2039 30% of the borough of Spelthorne will be over 64. You can do the

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maths yourself. It is not a sustainable situation. There have been talks within the council since the start of 2016 so the announcement of a rise of 15% was not a surprise for many. The finances of the council have been under scrutiny and have been independently audited. The answer is consistently that there is no money. The party line is also now that there was no deal done with the government, no sweetheart deal or handshakes. So how can we understand the reassurance that it will “all be OK”? Surrey have now put together a ‘Sustainability Committee’ which has already met and is putting together a budget which will outline where savings can be made. One thing is for sure, it will not be in Adult Social Care, which is seen as essential. The fact is that cuts in resources will affect us all. Cuts will come in the form of road repairs being cancelled, libraries will shut, waste collection and recycling etc. A cut in street lighting hours is only the start.

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A detached five bedroom 1920’s house with a large west facing garden, off street parking and a garage. With a flexible layout and huge potential you would never need to move again, energy rating e.

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A four bedroom semi-detached Victorian house with views over Vicarage Farm. This charming property is filled with character and the flexible layout makes it perfect for families of all ages, energy rating e.

A detached six bedroom family home with a large garden and ample off street parking. Offering over 3,000 sq.ft of flexible accommodation, this property could become your forever family home, energy rating d.

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This beautiful period home is finished to an excellent standard throughout and is perfect for a family. With ample living space, a large rear garden and moments from The River Thames, energy rating e.

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Mix the lemon juice with the garlic, herbs and butter to form a paste. Season well with salt and pepper and spread the paste over the prawns. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

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The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition 2017

Many people have a great business idea but few go on to make it happen. The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition could help you do exactly that. Kwasi Kwarteng MP for Spelthorne is hosting his 4th annual competition aimed at inspiring entrepreneurs to enter the competition for a chance to win a package of £3,500 plus mentoring support and free website and logo design. Last year the competition was won by Victoria Beale and her business idea Nurturu. A web portal for expectant mothers The five best entries will be asked to present their business plan to a panel of expert judges at a Dragons’ Den style final hosted at BP on 25 May 2017. The competition is open to Spelthorne residents aged over 16*. Entries are welcome from individuals or teams of up to four people. To enter or for more details visit Victoria Beale receives her www.spelthorne.gov.uk/businesscomp or search ‘Spelthorne award from Kwasi Kwarteng Business Plan Competition’ on Facebook. Applications must be received by 14th April 2017. For more details, please email Tracey Carter at tracey.carter@parliament.uk

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Agency Terms: What do they mean and what should you look out for?

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Essentially there are two types of agency instruction, Sole or Multiple. As the names suggest, sole agency means that only one agent is instructed and multiple implies there are two or more agents. However, there are variations on these themes and this is where you need to be aware and not fall into the trap. Many unwitting sellers believe that they are entering into a traditional sole agency contract, but only later to discover they have signed up to a sole selling right. The latter being far more restrictive and can leave you having to pay the agent even if they do not introduce the buyer or you decide not to move.

Sole Agency This is the most effective method as your estate agent will be motivated to sell your home for the best possible price as they are have an exclusivity period to thoroughly test the market. A fee is only paid if the agent introduces a purchaser during their contractual period that subsequently completes upon the purchase. The contract is for a specified period, but be aware, despite a directive from Surrey Trading Standards, some agents’ sneak in a further notice period, sometimes up to 4 weeks, to terminate the contract. So read the small print and if it includes a notice period, either get this deleted from the contract or remember to give the specified notice in time. Should you find a purchaser privately, not through another estate agent/online agency, then there is no fee payable. However, if another estate agent/online agent introduces a purchaser during the sole agency period, then this is a breach of contract and you will be liable to pay both agents. If a purchaser introduced during the agency period agrees to purchase your home within 6 months of the termination of the contract, even if they are reintroduced by a subsequent agent, then you will need to pay the first agent. Therefore, should you decide to change agent, it is important that you supply the new agent/s with a list of buyers that have already been introduced by either yourself or the previous agent/s.

Sole Selling Right This fundamentally works in a similar way to a sole agency with a few significant restrictions and potential costly differences. Should you agree to sell your home privately, even if that is to a member of the family

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or to a purchaser introduced at any time in the past by a previous agent, then you will be liable to pay the sole selling right agent and potentially the previous agent in full. Many sole selling right contracts include clauses that any purchaser introduced by that agent who subsequently goes onto buy the house at ANY time, will render you liable to pay a full fee. Also, some refer to a fee being payable for the introduction of a Ready, Willing & Able buyer, even if you are unable or decided not to proceed with the sale.

Joint Sole Agents This is sometimes confused with a multiple agency contract, should the client instruct only two agents, but there are differences. A joint sole agency is normally used where specialist skills are required, an example being for an equestrian property or new development. Again this is for a specified time period, but this time the two agents work in conjunction with each other, co-ordinating the marketing and when the property is sold, the fee is split.

Multiple Agency This is where two or more agents are instructed to work in competition with each other, with the agent that introduces the buyer getting the full fee. There is no time period and the fee is set at a higher rate than a sole agency. This is usually the least recommended option as it can frustrate a sale, with many buyers believing that if a property is listed with a number of agents that it is overpriced or difficult to sell and are therefore reluctant to get involved in a purchase, where a second buyer may be introduced. Curchods primarily operate on a sole agency basis and never on a sole selling right, as we believe the latter is an unfair and restrictive practice, not giving you, the consumer, the flexibility required. If you would like to discuss any of the above options, myself and my friendly, experienced team would be delighted to offer you professional advice on all property matters. Owen Miles Partner, Curchods Shepperton 01932 230033 owen-miles@curchods.com www.curchods.com

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COULD YOU BE A SCHOOL GOVERNOR? Chennestone Primary and Beauclerc Infant schools – rated Good by Ofsted - are looking for members of the local community to join their Governing Body. Being a governor is very rewarding with a range of important responsibilities, which include shaping the future of the school, deciding the key issues that will help to raise standards and determining how the school should best spend its money to achieve these aims. No qualifications needed - just commitment, the desire to make a positive contribution, time - a couple of evenings a term - and the opportunity to occasionally visit the school ‘at work’ during the school day. Training is provided. Please contact Helen Bingham on 01932 785477 or application@chennestone.surrey.sch.uk for more information.

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Why Do We Change the Clocks? By Susan Brookes-Morris

70 countries world wide although dates of implementation and clock adjustments vary. The main benefits of Daylight Saving Time are said to be: The opportunity to make better use of natural daylight The ability to conserve energy that would otherwise be used on artificial light It’s time to turn the clocks forward an hour at 1 am on 26th March. This time when sunrise and sunset are one hour later on the clock is known as British Summer Time, or Daylight Saving Time. It is believed that the concept was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 in an essay entitled; ‘An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.’ Ancient civilisations had already been adopting similar concepts however by adjusting their routines in accordance with the sun’s schedules. The first official modern use of Daylight Saving Time was in Ontario in 1908, and several other Canadian cities followed. At around the same time MP Robert Pearce proposed a bill in the House of Commons based on work done by British Builder William Willett around moving the clocks eight times a year to achieve similar results. This was rejected. Germany became the first European country to introduce Daylight Saving Time in April 1916. Its rationale was that the use of artificial light would be reduced and thus there would be more fuel for the war effort. Britain followed shortly after in May 1916.

A decrease in road accidents because roads are naturally lit during the time when most vehicles are using them Some studies such as one carried out by the Belfast Telegraph also claim that the extra hour of daylight means that tourists stay out longer and spend more money - an extra £6.34 million in Northern Ireland alone. Some are not in favour though. For example, traditional dairy farmers claim Daylight Saving Time disrupts milking routines. This mainly affects developing countries as elsewhere milking is automated. Some research has also shown that there is a greater risk of people having accidents or being the victims of crime because they leave their houses in the morning when it’s still dark. Some studies have suggested that in the first few days after the clocks go forward there are more heart attacks too. Finally for those of us who struggle to remember when we turn the clocks forward and when they go back, this little phrase may help: ‘Spring Forward, Fall Back,’ as the time when clocks go back always happens in the Autumn. This year in the UK, the date when Greenwich Mean Time will begin again is 29th October.

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Sunbury of Old We know you love the history of this area so we thought we would share some old views of Sunbury of yesteryear. This month we are looking at Thames Street. These photos date from around the turn of the 20th century. It is amazing to see some recognisable views, but what is striking is the bustle of the commer-

cial street and the lack of traffic of course. So many shops have now been converted to homes. You can still make out the shapes of most of the buildings on the road today. Have a look at what people are wearing. Also the transport. It was either bicycle, or it was carts. Remember next time you walk down Thames Street that we are guardians of this little piece of history. Think about those who have walked there so many years ago and the stories they could tell. Think about the shops which were there and what the sold. This might revive some memories in some of our readers!

Brookers General Store, now The Shahin

Thames Street 1905. The Avenue would be in the middle left eventually

The Flowerpot Hotel serving dinner and teas

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Just How Big IS the Eco Park? SATEP (Spelthorne Against the Eco Park) thought that you might appreciate an overview of the Eco Park. The below photo was taken by Suez in December 2016.Since this was taken it has got bigger and will continue to grow. Have you seen it from the M3? Huge!! Suez are due to take delivery of the Chimney Stack in March, with residents having endured further piling throughout February to facilitate it.

For those of you who have been with us along this journey for the past 6+ years, you might remember these extracts from earlier. The artist plan may have changed, but the sizes haven’t. ITS BIG AND GETTING BIGGER. Just How Big is Big? Incinerator /Gasifier = Nelsons Colum - 46m High Plus  Main Gasifier Hall Footprint = Wembley Stadium Football Pitch 105m Long x 69m Wide  Anaerobic Digester Building = Angel of the North -20m Tall x 54m Wide  Anaerobic Digester Stack = Biggest dinosaur (Titanosaur) ever discovered = 20m tall Plus Numerous Other Buildings See opposite an artist’s plan submitted to the footpath inquiry in January 14 

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Get Walking for Charity Plans are afoot already for the popular 10K Sponsored Charity Walk “The Waterways of Shepperton” organised by the Rotary Club of Sunbury & Shepperton. If you have not done it before (or even if you have), why not book yourself in and enjoy our beautiful environment, whilst raising some much needed funds for a charity of your choosing (and yes, dogs are welcome). This year the attractive riverside walk will take place on Sunday morning 7 th May 2017 and the object is for walkers to obtain sponsorship money for a charity of their choice who benefit by receiving 100% of the amount collected. Rotary have been facilitating and marshalling this event for several years, and more and more local charities and good causes are recognising the ease of fundraising this walk provides and are making up teams of friends and colleagues to participate. Several charities regularly raise between £500 - £1,500 for their cause. Registration Forms are available from Peter Routley. Email or call him to register your interest and he will send you a form which should be completed (one per walker) and returned by mid-April but preferably earlier. Once it is received back, the Sponsorship Form can be used enabling you to start getting in pledges from colleagues, family and friends. Peter Routley can be contacted on: E: thepeterroutley@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 01932 232344 Mob: 07940 066265

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Next Lunchtime Jazz at Sunbury Cricket Club stars top jazz saxophonist Simon Spillett The next Sunday Lunchtime Jazz event at Sunbury Cricket Club is on Sunday March 5 th at 1pm, and is a special occasion, as it marks the return to the Club of one of the UKs’ top tenor saxophonists, who came a couple of years back for a gig to celebrate what would have been Tubby Hayes 80th birthday. Simon is an award-winning saxophonist and noted jazz writer, and is the leading exponent of Tubby’s style and repertoire, as well as being the author of Tubby’s biography. His shows are always hugely exciting and entertaining as he glides effortlessly through complex solos at breakneck speed. There’s more info at www.simonspillett.com, are lots of videos of him atwww.youtube.com. His quartet for this gig is a stellar line-up, with John Horler on piano, Tim Wells on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums. John Horler was first pianist for Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for many years, and was in bands with Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe and Jimmie Hastings, and has appeared at the club several times in Tony Kinsey’s quartet and big band. Tim Wells is an American who moved to Europe in the 80s to play with top names there, before settling in London, working with The London Jazz Orchestra and Ronnie Scott Legacy Quartet among others, as is regular collaborator or with Trevor Tomkins. Trevor Tomkins was with Don Rendell in the 60s and then with ground-breaking bands like Ian Carr’s Nucleus during the ‘70s – he is now resident drummer and host at the Monday jazz nights at the Red Lion Isleworth. This will undoubtedly be a top class show. A bistro lunch menu is available, and the music gets under way soon after 1pm. For more info contact Paul Watts at paulwatts1946@googlemail.com.

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Please Support Mayor’s Chain Gang Charity Music Night, 10th March This year’s Mayor of Spelthorne is Cllr. Alfred Friday, a Sunbury East councillor and local resident, who is a great supporter of the music nights at Sunbury Cricket Club and the Club is delighted to continue its tradition and stage a music night in aid of his charities. The Club has assembled the usual suspects from Sunbury’s music fraternity to play under the name of The Chain Gang in honour of the Mayor’s chain of office. His charities are Parkinson’s UK (Spelthorne Branch); One-to-One, which organises social activities for adults with learning difficulties; and Home Start Spelthorne, which supports struggling young families with children. The musicians will be giving their services free, so all the door money will go to the charities. The line-up will include guitarists Gerry Cook (The Saxons), Tim Renton (3AM), Mark Doyle (Marshall Taylor Band), Chris Allard (Little Hampton Band); bassists Colin Pattenden (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Nashville Teens), Roger Harding (East of Eden), Martin House (Life and Soul); keyboard player Kevin Welling (Stan Bland Band); harmonica ace Geoff Forester (just back from a blues cruise playing with the likes of Taj Mahal and Walter Trout) and Alan Worrell (drums) plus music night host and organiser, Paul Watts (vocals and guitar). Karl Green (Herman’s Hermits) is hoping to be in the UK to join in. It will be a great night of top class rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s R&B rock and country. It’s all for great causes and will be a fun community night, so please support it. Doors 8.00pm £10

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bags, old flowers and bedding plants, garden clippings, egg shells, small animal bedding (e.g. rabbit, hamster), shredded cardboard, egg cartons and lawn mowings You can’t use food waste (br ead, meat etc), evergreen leaves or thick rooted perennial weeds. How to make compost

Home-made compost is a thing of wonder…...when all goes well! But too often it goes wrong and instead of rich, sweet, crumbly stuff we end up with a putrefying heap.. For a long time I believed making great compost was beyond me. There are so many methods and myths, it all seemed too complicated. Well, good news...it isn’t! Compost containers You can make your own container. It’s easy apparently, using old floorboards, posts and wire netting. Unfortunately I am to DIY what elephants are to hang gliding so I opt for ready made bins. Surrey County Council work Getcomposting.com to offer discounted composting bins from £13. Info on www.recycleforsurrey.org.uk/homecomposting. Size matters! A container should be 3 ft / 1m square minimum, preferably larger. This allows heat to build up inside the heap which aids the decay process. Position it out of the main line of sight, behind a shed or some tall plants.

I’ve tried several methods, including my late grandfather’s which involved careful layers of various ingredients and sprinkling on lime at intervals. It worked, but I’m a lazy gardener really and can’t be bothered with all the faff. This is my method, worked out through a combination of trial error (lots of error!) · Mix all material together so there is no concentration of any one sort · Firm it all down, · Moisten it · Cover it with some old carpet to keep heat in and prevent evaporation . Turn it from time to time as the heap decomposes much faster when air is introduced. Keep it moist or it will not decompose. If you start the process now, by Autumn you’ll be digging in your very own wonderful compost, dragged from the bottom of your heap. You’ll have done your bit for recycling and best of all...it’s free! If you don’t fancy composting though you can still recycle it. There is a fortnightly garden waste collection service for a small annual fee. Or of course take it to the community recycling centre for free. Whatever you do, don’t put it in your main bin.

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What’s On Email info@villagematters.co.uk Mother’s Day at Painshill Park. Tr eat your mum to something special on Mother ’s day, with a day out at Painshill. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the landscape and finish at Mr Hamilton’s Tea Room where you can book to enjoy cream tea and Painshill Sparkling Wine*. Admission: Included in normal admission price. Free entry for Mothers, when accompanied by their children. *Additional cost. Dates: 26th March (10am until 6pm) . Portsmouth Rd, Cobham KT11 1JE Restore Food Bank Monday and Thursday 10-12 You can dr op in at any point, for coffee and chat. St Saviour’s Church, 205a Vicarage Rd., Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 7TP www.stsaviours-sunbury.org.uk Tel. 01932 782800 Office Hours Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am – 13:00pm Roman Spring Festival at Spelthorne Museum. J oin volunteer s on Satur day 1st Apr il from 11am until 3pm for springtime activities - games, trails, crafts and mosaics. All free. The entrance to Spelthorne Museum is through Staines Library. 01784 461804 www.spelthornemuseum.org.uk/ The next Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society talk is ‘The Restoration of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens’ by Sue Rhodes of Kew. 8pm on Tuesday March 21st at Halliford School, Russell Road, Shepperton. Free to members. Non members pay £2 on the door. GAMES NIGHT. SATURDAY 11TH March at Sunbur y Spor ts Association (Sunbur y Cricket Club), Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5PS. TICKETS £6 which includes finger buffet, lucky ticket draw and entry to quiz. In aid of the Charley Paige Trust. Cheques to Charley Paige Trust, 8 Kings Avenue, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 7QE. For more info email info@charleypaigetrust.org.uk Sunbury Library Coffee Time with a Theme! Coffee Time on Friday 3 March between 10 and 11:30 Coffee or tea, biscuits and a general knowledge quiz for 50p The March Coffee Time theme will be Kempton Park Sunbury Library, The Parade, Staines Road West, Sunbury Sunbury Antiques Market. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. From 6.30am. Kempton Park Racecourse.

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Do you run a club? Want to get a listing for free. Email info@villagematters.co.uk The Friends of Sunbury Embroidery ar e hosting a Social Evening on May 12th in the Gallery with Gerry Cook's Cafe Society Group playing. Tickets are £5.00 each to include a first glass of wine with additional wine being available in exchange for a donation. Timings are 7.30 for 8.00p.m. The Probus Club of Sunbury-on-Thames for r etir ed pr ofessional and businessmen meets for lunch, followed by a speaker, at the Sunbury Sports Association on the second Monday of each month. The club supports an attractive set of social activities for members and guests, including short holidays, day trips and theatre visits. We welcome new members. Please telephone the Chairman (Tel.01932 788028) for further details. Zodiac ar e pr esenting an evening of song and dance entitled ‘Put a Spell on You’. It will feature songs and music with a magical/mystical theme. It will be performed at Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury TW16 5QF from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 April 2017 at 7.45 pm (Saturday Matinee 2.30pm). For tickets call 01932 220167 or on line at www.ticketsource.co.uk/zodiac-musical-society. Ticket prices £8-£10. Shepperton Players pr esent The Odd Couple (Female Ver sion) by Neil Simon at Riverside Art’s Centre, Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames on Thursday 6 th, Friday 7th, and Saturday 8th April at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are £10 via the box office (07505 206 757 or www.sheppertonplayers.org.uk) or £12 on the door Staines Horticultural Society Floral Art Group meet monthly on Wednesday evenings. Meetings are a mix of flower arranging demonstrations and practical workshops. A small friendly club we welcome guests. For more information contact Anne Hart 01932 564835. Save The Date Sunbury Open Gardens will this year be at the earlier date of Sunday May 28th. This could possibly be the last time this popular event will happen. Nice as it is to revisit old friends, and gardens always change, not only with the season, we do need to have new ones for our visitors. We also need volunteers to help make it happen. Our charities this year include the Mayor's designated Parkinsons, and Homelink Day care relief centre, supported by one of our garden owners. Do please think about offering your own gardens next year. Gardens will be open from 11-5pm

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